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  1. Here's my scenario... I have an external USB3 UASP enclosure with 8 drives, and inside my case I have another 6 drives. All 14 drives are the same and speed tests from USB or internal show identical performance. Bottleneck is the Sata II 500gb WD Enterprise drives themselves, not the interface. Even though the rule is in place to force the files for a VM folder across all 14 drives, the files are only getting balanced on the 6 internal drives instead of across all 14. Is there something else that's preferring BUS type? If so, is there any way to turn this off or set a rule for it
  2. I have VM's that are split into multiple files, usually 5-10gb in size all within a folder per VM. Currently, I don't have any way of controlling which pool drive those files are stored on. In most cases, they all seem to be on 1-2 drives in my 5 drive pool, based on what is being accessed from the DrivePool console. I'd like to make sure that I'm splitting these files evenly across all 5 drives in the pool. Is this possible? *UPDATED* Thanks, Chris
  3. Quick update... Installed SSD's to internal controllers, moved all other drives except OS and INSTALLS to external. Created a new pool just for VM's using the SSD's. Copied all VM's from backup into new pool. I made sure that the lab VM's (11) I'm running are balanced across the drives 2 each except for 1, via rules. No duplication. I still get HORRIBLE performance from the pool and "not responding" errors, although much less frequently with the SSD pool vs the mechanical drive pool. I actually got better performance running every VM from a single non-pooled SSD then I am sprea
  4. I would like to 2nd the desire to have the ability to move files based on various criteria to certain storage. This would give the ability to add an external NAS, but allow me to automatically place files there that haven't been changed in X amount of days/months/weeks/years. Further having the ability to mark different groups of drives as different tier based on configurable criteria would be great. Possible criteria: file age last file access/change folder/file location file type The biggest issue that myself and the OP face is that the data we need speed/performance from may
  5. Thanks Chris! So, big changes recently! I've been starting to wonder about a lot of things in my setup. The ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme is showing it's age. To get full USB 3.0 speeds you have to really monkey around with things and I just haven't been able to achieve what I wanted to. The controller on the board (for USB 3.0) is an Asmedia 1042. 4 seperate HUB's for 5gb (yeah right!) per port. The external controller is the Startech 8-bay eSATA/USB 3.0 UASP JBOD enclosure. It's loaded with 8 1tb/500gb(de-stroked) WD Enterprise SATA II drives. I could achieve a solid 90-100 MB/s fr
  6. Chris, Can you point me to info on how to get around the background IO priority limitations?
  7. Thanks Chris! I have toggled the setting on and off and haven't seen a difference. I have enabled logging. I'd like to know what those tweaks are for balancing. I'd like to maximize throughput and get those done as quickly as possible. It took almost 2 days to balance 2TB across 9 additional drives I added to the 7 drive pool. I clicked the "higher priority" setting. I wasn't using the computer at all. I feel like this should have been done a lot quicker than that given the circumstance. Anything I can do to improve that would be greatly appreciated. btw...I'm also goi
  8. Stopped balancing, installed, rebooted, enabled file system logging, and then started balancing again.
  9. I'm on right now. I've been trying to keep up with the latest and greatest. I'll download the new version and get it installed. When I reloaded the operating system I tested without ESET installed and same issue. I have bypass file system filters checked. Did you mean toggle on or off? Stablebit Scanner always shows between 1 and 2 disk queue's during these times. Right now I'm running into a performance issue after adding the external drive enclosure and 8 drives. Before adding to the pool I tested a large copy and averaged between 80-90MB/s for each drive. I ca
  10. The other thread was specific to issues I was having with a group of cloud drives combined into a single DrivePool. I have since given up on this because reboots are troublesome in timing when the CloudDrive initiates, when the DrivePool comes online, and some other dependencies I have loaded on the DrivePool that I don't care to change how I'm doing at the moment. As for Antivirus, I have ESET SmartSecurity v10. I've used v8 and v9 since this issue started. I have all Stablebit folders explicitly excluded from all scans and are ignored entirely by the product. I wish I had the mone
  11. Chris, Any advice or help you can offer?
  12. So, I looked for the previous conversation I had created on this, but I couldn't find it. I am assuming it was purged as "unanswered" or just fell off the list because of age. Last year I started a conversation that I was unable to respond to because of life, work, etc. Ultimately, the testing I needed to be able to do required more time and hardware then I had to give. In short, I run virtual machine labs via VMware Workstation Pro. I virtualize everything from your everyday Windows desktop OS to Server, Linux, and OS X. From a hardware perspective I'm using a Rampage IV Extreme with
  13. Thanks Chris. I'll keep checking the changelog.txt for updates on this. Chris
  14. I have tried unsuccessfully to add mounted VHD's to a new or existing pool. I am currently using v2.2.0.734. I don't want to take a performance/cache hit by using CloudDrive to make shares on my NAS available, so I created and mounted a VHD file from there. "\\nas\root\disk01.vhd" Is this possible? Thanks, Chris
  15. Thanks Christopher! Appreciate all the info.
  16. Ok, I realize this is a loaded question and potentially outside the scope of what CloudDrive was intended for. I am curious as to the "official" answer though. The online storage providers I use, Box, DropBox, Google, OneDrive, etc, are free accounts, not paid. Most of them have specific limitations to how much can be uploaded in a day/week/month, maximum file size, maximum upload size, etc. I would like to create drives to each of these providers and then pool them with DrivePool. My concern is that DrivePool tries to copy/upload a file(s) to a provider that is beyond the limit. Are the
  17. I'm not quite sure where to start. I have a weird issue I can't quite pin down. I'm not even sure it's a Drive Pool issue, but I have many other systems with the same setup and the only difference is Drive Pool. This is my primary system. Below are specs: Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Drive Pool 2.2.0651 beta Cloud Drive beta Stablebit Scanner beta Rampage IV Extreme w/UASP drivers installed Intel 6-core processor 64gb RAM StarTech PCIe SATA 3 controller (https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/HDD-Controllers/SATA-Cards/4-Port-PCI-Express-SATA-6Gbps-RAID-Controlle
  18. zim2323

    Great product

    Yes, that was the FlexRAID product. It "seems" like a good idea, but 8+ hours to build the parity drive for a 10TB array was a little much. If it would have worked I would probably have been ok with it, but with the way these products (drive pooling) are meant to be used, the more TB would mean that much more time to not only add disks, but to create additional parity. I can't live without my volumes for 2-3+ days as the pool grows. Thanks!
  19. zim2323

    Possible addition?

    You da' man! Thanks!
  20. zim2323

    Possible addition?

    Would it be possible to add 'groups' to the Drive Usage Limiter balancer? I have an external Startech enclosure and I've found that when a disk fails it takes all the disks in that enclosure offline. If all my duplicated files were balanced to drives within that enclosure, then they all go offline and are unavailable. If I could "group" a series of disks into a single duplicated "target", I could ensure that all of those disks only hold any 1 copy of a file. I realize that I could remove duplicated files from it entirely, but that's not what I want to do. I do want to use it as a
  21. zim2323

    Great product

    I've been testing drive pooling products. I started with tRAID. I'm sure someone has had good luck with it but I always got write failures and other issues with the 'array'. So far Drive Pool has been solid. Definitely looking to purchase before the trial period is up, given I have no issues. Great job so far guys!
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